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November 2016

5th Annual Interdisciplinary Sustainability Conference

November 4, 2016 - November 5, 2016
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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Science, Public Policy and Faith Traditions in Environmental Relationships Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA November 4 -5, 2016

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Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves

November 10, 2016 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Science Education and Research Center, Temple University, 1925 N. 12th Street
Philadelphia, PA United States
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Dean's Distinguished Lecture - Probing the Universe with Gravitational Waves by Rainer Weiss, Professor Emeritus, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Science Education and Research Center, Main Campus 1925 N. 12th Street Temple University Thursday, November 10 at 4:00 PM Space is limited. Please RSVP to Barbara.fles@temple.edu For the event flier, click Here

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Science, Subjective Consciousness, and Faith: Struggling to Hold It All Together

November 13, 2016 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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As the sciences advance, questions of subjective human consciousness share the stage with religion and philosophy. Conflicts and difficulties arise for Christians in theory and practice. For instance, how can the psychology of religious experience be understood? Together we will explore this question which will hopefully induce creative insights and further explorations. Sidney Callahan, PhD is a writer who seeks to integrate Christian faith and the intellectual challenges of our culture. Her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology is from the City…

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Open Dome Night

November 15, 2016 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Observatory – 5th Floor SJH, 9801 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA, 19118 United States
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Join us for open dome night on the 6th floor of Saint Joseph's Hall. We'll be opening up the astronomy tower to look at the stars! Click Here for more information. Check out the Open Dome Night trailer!

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January 2017

Human Origins: Recent Findings from Genetics

January 25 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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John Braverman, SJ, PhD Associate Professor of Biology, St. Joseph University 7 pm, January 25 (February 1, in case of snow) Where did we come from? This lecture offers an informed updating using current scientific conclusions from population genetics. The origin of modern humans, their migrations, and interbreeding with other species is presented in dialog with Catholic theology. For event flyer, click here

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June 2017

The Magi Project: Science and Theology

June 5 @ 8:00 am - June 9 @ 5:00 pm

Physical science, which is ordered towards the exploration of the physical world, can neither prove nor disprove the existence of God, who is pure spirit. However, contemplation of the physical Universe can lead people to ask deeper questions about meaning and human existence which can lead them to think deeply about the existence of God and the spiritual life. Contemplation of the Universe can also lead them to develop ideas about God based on their experiences of the physical Universe.…

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The Wicked Problem of Climate Change: What it is doing to us and for us?

June 24 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm
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Climate change is a “wicked problem” with causes and consequences in economic, ecological, ethical, and technological realms. As climate change continues to alter our planet in a manner largely out of our control, how can we use this monumental change as an opportunity for societal and spiritual transformation? IRAS 63rd Annual Conference on Star Island June 24 – July 1, 2017 Star Island, Portsmouth, NH For more information, click here! Conference Committee: Emily Austin austin.emily@gmail.com and Karl Peters kpeters396@cox.net, (Co-chairs),…

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Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ

June 25 @ 8:00 am - July 1 @ 5:00 pm

Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ Retreat: June 25 - July 1, 2017 Presenter: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ, PhD Maris Stella Retreat Center, Harvey Cedars, NJ During this retreat, through input, prayer, song, film, contemplative activities, and sharing, we follow Teilhard as he travels ever more deeply from Circle to Circle into the arms of the Cosmic Christ. This experience of traveling with Teilhard will guide all those of kindred spirits “who love the world” and who yearn to expand…

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August 2017

Retreat: Teilhard’s Mysticism: Spiraling into the Cosmic Christ

August 18 @ 8:00 am - August 23 @ 5:00 pm

During this retreat, through input, prayer, song, film, contemplative activities, and sharing, we follow Teilhard as he travels ever more deeply from Circle to Circle into the arms of the Cosmic Christ. This experience of traveling with Teilhard will guide all those of kindred spirits “who love the world” and who yearn to expand their mystical hearts. Presenter: Kathleen Duffy, SSJ August 18 – 23, 2018 Enders Island Retreat Center, Mystic CT Contact: Jeanne Goyette, OP jgoyetteop@yahoo.com For event flyer…

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October 2017

How Much Can Biology Explain? Charles Darwin & Bernard Lonergan, SJ

October 8 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Chestnut Hill College – Commonwealth Chateau, 9230 Germantown Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19118 United States
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John Haught, PhD Distinguished Research Professor, Georgetown University 1:30 - 4:00 PM, October 8 Evolutionary biology contributes much to our present understanding of life, and it promises also to deepen our understanding of human intelligence, ethics and even religion. For some evolutionists, however, Darwin’s science is so impressive that it now supplants theology by providing what appears to be the ultimate explanation of all manifestations of life including human intelligence. By using the Jesuit philosopher Bernard Lonergan's theory of understanding…

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